33 year-old Chad Harpur was born in Johannesburg in South Africa and he is currently the Sporting Director of the La Manga Club which Newcastle visited last week.
Harpur was a goalkeeper and played for a number of clubs but didn’t have a long career in the game and is now resident in La Manga.
Steve McClaren and players last week at La Manga
Hey – where’s the sun?
Chad oversaw Newcastle’s visit to the training camp and watched the lads train a few times and he was asked if the Newcastle squad have good team spirit – well at least from what he could tell.
This is what he told the Chronicle today:
“My opinion is that they have definitely got team spirit. I saw that just watching the training sessions and the players around the place.”
“They have got a really good chance this season. Football is a funny game, it’s about confidence, that’s all.” “One or two good results and all of a sudden you are flying.”
“The game against Stoke is really important. Hopefully, they will win it and then I think the confidence will grow.”
“The La Manga Club wishes them all the best. I am hoping that Newcastle’s trip can help show a difference with their results and help them move forward.”
“I think it will be good for everybody.” “We’re not naive here at La Manga Club,” “The facility is more than good enough for Premier League clubs.”
“To get to La Manga it’s a two-hour flight from the UK and you are quickly in private space and behind closed doors to get on with your work.”
“It is an ideal place for that.”
When you have to ask almost a complete outsider if the team has team spirit then it probably means the squad is struggling on that front.
But Chad is right in that it only takes a couple of wins for us to really build up some momentum and get away from the bottom of the Premier League.
Look at Southampton since Fraser Forster came back six games ago.
They haven’t conceded s goal and have five wins and a draw at Arsenal – so 16 points from six games.
Just imagine for one moment that we could do that and with six games to go we would be on 40 points.
We’d be pushing for a place in Europe.
Well – maybe not.
It’s at least worth thinking about to cheer us all up.